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Borrow

Who can borrow, and what can you borrow? On this page you will find information on what applies to you based on whether you are a student, member of staff or a member of the public. You will also find an FAQ on borrowing.

My loans

See and renew your loans in My loansexternal link.

Inter library loans and purchase suggestions

About the loan regulations

Everyone can get a library card, as long as you have a valid identification and are at least 16 years old.

You have to agree to abide by the loan regulations, in order to borrow from the library. If you have borrowed a book, you are then responsible for the book. If one of your books is overdue, or if you don't return it at all, you may get an overdue fine and eventually an invoice. Read more here about overdue fines and invoices.

Go to the loan regulations.

What about me?

Everyone can borrow, but what you are entitled to borrow depends on if you are a student or member of staff, and in that case, which university you belong to. In the table you can read more about what applies to you. If you are curious to learn more about the different resources and collections in the library, you can read more on the page Library collections.

Regulations for different library users

Regulations depending on who you are

I am:

I can borrow:

I can access databases:

library card:

Student at SH

Course books, 3 week loans, day loans, reference books, laptop computers (until 30/12 in the library, from 7/1 at the Info centre)

Anywhere, as long as they are marked by the SH logotype in the Database list.

Use your SH card

Member of staff at SH

Course books, 3 week loans, day loans, reference books

Anywhere, as long as they are marked by the SH logotype in the Database list.

Use your SH card

Student or member of staff at RKH

Course books, 3 week loans, day loans, reference books

Anywhere, as long as they are marked by the RKH logotype in the Database list.

Come to the Information desk and present ID

Student or member of staff at SMI, KI, KTH

Course books, 3 week loans, day loans, reference books

Only some, by applying for a guest account to be used within the library.

Fill out the form Apply for a library cardexternal link

General public

3 week loans, day loans, reference books

Only some, by applying for a guest account to be used within the library.

Fill out the form Apply for a library cardexternal link


Loan periods

Loan periods for different material

Type of material

loan period

ok to Renew?

ok to request?

Course book (yellow label)

7 days

Yes, if no one has requested it

Yes, if all copies are on loan

3 week loans (green label)

21 days

Yes, if no one has requested it

Yes

Day loan (black label)

1 day, must be returned before closing time on the same day

No

No

Reference book (red label)

1 day, must be returned before closing time on the same day

No

No

Laptop

1 day, must be returned before closing time on the same day

No

No

Laptop with support programmes

14 days, only students with reading impairment

No

No

Games

7 days, only students at the gaming program

Yes

No


FAQ on borrowing

Borrowing books

Information on how to borrow a book at the library.

Returning books

All books you borrow must be returned. Here's how.

Renewing loans

You can renew a loan if no-one has requested it. On this page you will learn how.

Requesting books

All library card holders can request books at the library. Here's how.

Find a book

Finding your way around the library can be tricky, especially if you are new. Here are some useful tips, but remember that you can always get help in the information desk.

If the library doesn't have the book you need

If you are looking for a book that is not in the library collection you can then request the book from another library or suggest a purchase.

Returning books late

What happens if you return a book late?

Talking books, Braille and e-text books

You are entitled to talking books or other accessible media if you have a reading impairment.

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16-12-2019